but you didnt tell me how many lbs of lr to put in the tank, and would it be cheaper to buy the lr from my lfs? instead of ordering and paying for shipping???
For best biological filtration you should shoot for 1.5-2lbs/gal
or 45-60lbs. This is going to exceed your $100 easily. Other options are mixing some good quality LR
with some base rock. Base rock is much cheaper and will be seeded by your LR
, over time it will also become live. Around here (Minneapolis, MN) LR
runs anywhere from $8-$12/lb. and it is not the best looking stuff. It is cheaper for me to order LR
online even with shipping. Have you checked out www.liverocks.com
yet? It just depends on the price of LR
in your area. They have awesome rock and a decent price shipped.